Five Points for Bernie Sanders To Consider in 2020

To the delight of many of us, Bernie Sanders has announced that he will run for President of the United States, in 2020.

A Five-Point Plan for Sanders

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Five Points for Bernie Sanders To Consider in 2020

To the delight of many of us, Bernie Sanders has announced that he will run for President of the United States, in 2020. I am elated because, I love Bernie Sanders and think he is the best choice for POTUS, but I also think that he stands a good chance of winning. Even though Bernie Sanders will be 79 at the time of collection, I still think the would be the best candidate the Democratic Party could put up against the Republican candidate. Needless to say, his age will be one thing that they will use against him. However, despite his age, Bernie Sanders is still as sharp as a tack.

In this well-written article, the author gives five points that he says Bernie Sanders should follow if he hopes to win the election, or at least make a lasting impact. The only thing that I don’t like about the article is that it gives the assumption that the Democratic Party candidate won’t be Bernie Sanders, but someone else. In this respect, it is easy to see that the author is slanted in favor of someone other than Bernie Sanders. However, despite this, his five points should not be discounted because they make good sense.

The two points I heavily agree with are where the author makes the point that Sanders supporter should not attack Hillary Clinton or whatever candidate, the Democratic Party chooses. After this past election, many supporters of Bernie Sanders openly revolted against her and voted for other candidates. They also made a point of attacking her at every given turn. This was a mistake, which I, unfortunately, must confess I made.

I think these eternal attacks by Democrats against other Democrats may be one reason Donald Trump won the presidency, even though he did not win the popular vote, and only won the presidency using the antiquated Electoral College system. In retrospect, we supporters of Bernie Sanders inadvertently helped a person who has shown themselves to be a terrible president, just because we had “sour grapes” about Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. Some of us behave like spoiled children; something which we must get past in 2020 if the Democrats have any hopes of winning back the White House and Congress.

The Democrats, particularly Sanders supporters cannot allow themselves to be sucked into fighting against the Democratic candidate, even if it isn’t Bernie Sanders. We cannot shoot ourselves in the foot by stooping to infighting within our ranks. This infighting went far to help create even more disorganization within the ranks of the Democrats than already exists.

I also agree with the authors point about how the candidacy of Bernie Sanders had a very positive effect on the attitudes of many citizens of this country, especially since Sen. Sanders has always been consistent in his message of fighting Wall Street, fighting big corporations and corporate rule, fighting corporate tax advantages, raising the minimum wage, and advocating for working-class Americans. The fact the Democrats chose not to embrace these very important areas, is one reason they lost the election in 2016 to Donald Trump. They cannot, or must not, make the same mistake again.

The candidacy of Bernie Sanders in 2016 succeeded in one big area that is hugely important. It brought many voters farther to the Left than ever before. It got more voters to stop straddling the fence, and choose a side. The side they chose was mostly progressive/liberal, which is good for the United States. Americans are finally starting to wake up and see that the positions embraced by Bernie Sanders are the ones which will help this country become a better place to live.

I say this because Donald Trump, their candidate, has done absolutely nothing for the working class as he promised. He has only widened the division between many Americans, and most Americans are starting to see how bad this division is for this country.

 

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We Need a Special Prosecutor for Trump

Even some Republicans want an independent investigation.

Source: More Than 100 Lawmakers Respond to Comey Firing by Calling for Independent Russia Probe | Mother Jones

We Need a Special Prosecutor for Trump

The firing of FBI Director James Comey makes it glaringly apparent that a special prosecutor is needed to investigate possible ties between the Trump administration and the Russians.  There is no way that the Donald Trump, or his administration can be trusted being allowed anywhere near this fiasco. Of course, fiasco may be the wrong word.  A better word might be salvation.  I guess it depends on where you sit, and whose side you are on.

What I interpret to be a hopeful sign that a special prosecutor may be appointed is the fact that a few Republicans are in favor of a special prosecutor, and are calling for the appointment of one.  Looking at it for a cynic like me, I wonder who will be the right people to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate this matter.  This entire process must be kept as clean as possible. In fact, it has to be squeaky clean or the results won’t be believable or interpreted as being truthful.

It is a hopeful sign when a senator of John McCain’s prestige, is one of the Republicans calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor.  Even though I must confess that John McCain isn’t one of my favorite people, his appearance on the scene does lend some credibility to the process, at least in some circles.  He knows that a special prosecutor is the only fair way to get to the bottom of this matter, without any tampering from either side, Democrats, Republicans or any others who may have some type of special interest on the outcome of any investigation.  That way, after a special prosecutor finishes his/her investigation, nobody can accuse anyone else of rigging the outcome for political gain.

Donald Trump, in his own “tweets” to the public, is very close to crossing the line over into obstruction of justice, a criminal charge for which he is skirting, if not trampling over.  He and his entire administration have tried to derail Comey’s investigation from the start.  I guess the straw that finally broke “the Donald’s” back is when Comey started asking for more funding and investigators to help with the investigation.  At that point, Donald Trump may as well have shouted out, “I’m as guilty as hell”.  He obviously has never learned or developed a poker face.  Of course, he’s too arrogant to think he needs one.

It has become very obvious to many people Donald Trump doesn’t really know much about civics, government and most of all, history, or else he would know that he is playing straight out of “The Richard Nixon Playbook” in the way that he is dealing with this situation.

He must not remember or was too busy making money and being a sexist to remember that after Richard Nixon fired independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox, his ship started sinking increasingly faster. Hopefully, Donald Trump’s ship will soon sink like a rock.

 

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One of the Few Times I Will Agree with The History Channel

Source: History Channel makes a bold statement—totally factual—and Trump supporters are losing their minds

One of the Few Times I Will Agree With the History Channel

I usually don’t agree with the History Channel, especially when they express a political position.  Most of the time, they seem to express a political viewpoint I find to be the same old propaganda that we were spoon-fed as schoolchildren, where the United States is always portrayed as the “good guys” and a bastion of democracy.  The History Channel also expresses a Eurocentric viewpoint that I find almost offensive.

These days, I usually change the channel when  The History Channel “conveniently” starts forgetting that nearly half of our Founding Fathers were slave-owners or that most of them were the wealthy élite of that time.  They were part of the 1% of the 18th-century.  When I am feeling very cynical, I wonder if these men drafted the U.S. Constitution to protect their own self-interest and wealth or because they actually cared about creating something special that had never been done before.

This picture posted on Facebook by The History Channel says it all.  The 2016 presidential election was tampered with by a foreign power.  Even though Donald Trump, the beneficiary of this election tampering by the Russians, chooses to live in a state of denial about the situation, I believe that our country is going to be subjected to least four years of mismanagement and abuse.  Both the FBI and CIA agree that the election was tampered with by computer hacking.  Rarely do these two agencies agree on anything; a fact that tells me there is probably something real behind these claims of Russian hacking to tamper with the election.

The irony is that it is happening because of Russia; a country that was once an example of a twisted system of communism gone awry.

 

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Splitting the Republican Party: A Sensible Idea

Dividing the Republican Party in half makes a lot of sense, especially when you consider the fact that presidential hopeful Donald Trump is already crying foul, and claiming that if he loses, it is because the election is rigged.

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Splitting the Republican Party: A Sensible Idea

The Republican PartyDividing the Republican Party in half makes a lot of sense, especially when you consider the fact that presidential hopeful Donald Trump is already crying foul, and claiming that if he loses, it is because the election is rigged. Expecting him to lose gracefully and bow out with some class, something that he doesn’t have is asking a lot.

From a political standpoint, it makes a lot of sense to divide the Republican Party into a half. Half the “crazies” going one way, and the moderate and sensible Republicans (considering there are any) going the other way. Dividing the Republican Party into two parts makes a lot of sense from a political standpoint. It would be the politically expedient thing to do if they have any hope of surviving the upcoming debacle.

If the Republican Party doesn’t wake up and smell the coffee, it may be too late to save itself. Either that, or publicly admit that they made a huge mistake supporting Trump, and divorced themselves from him and his “followers.”  If the Republican Party put some distance between themselves and Trump, they would look better in the public eye, especially considering that some of the top racist groups in this country are among his supporters.

The Republican Party cannot think that it can lie down with a pig, and come out smelling like roses. They should be smart enough to realize that fact. They would also look better in the public eye admit that they made a mistake, apologize for it, and attempt to move on.

As it stands, they are in a lot of danger of losing control of both the House and Senate; something that I am closely hoping for, primarily because they have grossly abused power all the way through the eight years of President Obama. If they keep control of both houses of Congress, I can easily see them obstructing Hillary Clinton the same way they did Barack Obama.

 

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Russian Sabotage In The American Election

Russia was very likely responsible for the hack that has upended the DNC.

Source: Here’s What We Know About Russia and the DNC Hack | WIRED

Russian Sabotage In The American Election.

The evidence seems to be growing that there has been Russian sabotage in the American election.  Even though the outcry from American politicians, especially those in the DNC (Democratic National Committee), we shouldn’t be surprised that another country would try doing what we have been guilty.  In a weird way, it’s like “political Karma” has come around to haunt us.

What I’m referring to is the American government’s successful attempt to sabotage Australian election of 1975, when the CIA was successful in unseating the prime minister, Gough Whitlam.  The US government felt that Prime Minister Whitlam was a threat to American interests, primarily because he was opposed to the war in Vietnam.  American sabotage of the 1975 election began several years earlier, during the Nixon administration.

In the current case of Russian sabotage in the American election, they have hacked the servers the Democratic National Committee and leaked sensitive emails to the press.  These emails are embarrassing to the DNC, especially candidate Hillary Clinton, as she battles Donald Trump for the presidency. The Russian sabotage is half-day because

The Russian sabotage is being committed, probably with the blessing of Vladimir Putin, because they want Donald Trump to win the election because Trump is more likely to turn a blind eye to Russian aggression.  Trump has said that he will not interfere if the Russians were to attack our European allies, something that is extremely distressing.

Even though the Russian sabotage of our critical election is something that we should not condone, we should not forget that we have also been guilty of the same thing in our sabotage of the Australian election of 1975.  The only difference between the Russians and us is that we were successful in our underhanded efforts and the attempted Russian sabotage has failed to achieve its goal.  Both the Russians and the Americans deserve condemnation for their attempts to stand in the way of real democracy.

 

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These hold-outs aren’t fringe radicals—they’re almost the majority.

Source: Nearly Half of Sanders Supporters Say They’ll Refuse to Support Clinton in the General Election | Alternet

Some Bernie Sanders Supporters Seem Willing To Cut off Their Nose to Spite Their Face

It never ceases to amaze me how seemingly smart people are willing to do something stupid. Such is the case of nearly half of the supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders who say that they will not vote for Hillary Clinton. Instead, they seem willing to give Donald Trump a clear shot at the White House. They seem to have lost the thing that is the most important; keeping Donald Trump as far away from the presidency as possible.

Even more shocking, I read in this article that nearly 22% of Bernie Sanders supporters say that they would be willing to vote for Donald Trump. Have they lost their minds entirely? If they are truly believers in the values of Bernie Sanders, they should realize that Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are polar opposites politically.

Trump has shown himself to be a racist, anti-immigrant bigot who only hopes to further the status quo as it now exists. Despite the fact that many people label Trump as an “anti-establishment” candidate, nothing could be further from the truth. Donald Trump is part of the problem, not the solution. He is nothing less than one of the 21st century “robber barons” who have run this country’s economy to the ground while treating the middle-class workers like “wage slaves”

Donald Trump epitomizes what the current establishment in this country seems to want to maintain; a nation where the wealthy ruling class continues to control the vast bulk of this country’s wealth without paying their fair share of taxes.

This shows me that these people were never real supporters of Senator Sanders message or belief system. They are just disaffected Americans who are pissed-off with this country’s economic system and lack of action from our representatives in Washington DC. Believe me, I totally understand their feelings, but voting for an enemy like Donald Trump is not the answer. He will only bring down further economic destruction in the United States.

Also, the fact that nearly half of the supporters of Bernie Sanders are willing to sit out the election entirely flies in the face of the message that Bernie Sanders tried very hard to convey. One of his primary focuses was to get more people involved in the system and exercise their right to vote. He realizes that our democracy depends on the participation of this country’s citizens.

As a person who was willing to change his party affiliation from the Green Party to the Democratic Party just so I could vote for a candidate like Bernie Sanders. I will vote for Hillary Clinton even though I am very troubled by her connections to Wall Street and willingness to vote for the war in Iraq.

I plan on doing what I have had to do in every election that I have never taken part in; hold my nose and cast my ballot.

3 things I know to be true

Bernie Sanders for President

Bernie Sanders for President

Coming out of last night’s results, in which we won Rhode Island but came up short in four others, I want to pose to you three things that I know to be true:

Young people – the future of our country – continue to vote for our campaign in overwhelming numbers. It’s remarkable, and honestly quite humbling.

When we compete in open primaries that encourage the participation of independents, new voters, and young people, we do very well.

Most young people of last remains in front of us is a very narrow path to the nomination. In the weeks to come we will be competing in a series of states that are very favorable to us – including California. Just like after March 15 – when we won 8 of the next 9 contests – we are building tremendous momentum going into the convention.

That is the reality of where we are right now, and why we are going to fight for every delegate and every vote. It is why I am going to continue to speak to voters in every state about the very important issues facing our country. Our country cannot afford to stop fighting for a $15 minimum wage, to overturn Citizens United, or to get universal health care for every man, woman, and child in America.

I’m asking you to help me continue to lead these fights. We have an FEC deadline on Saturday and another primary on Tuesday. Every vote we earn and every delegate we win is a testament to our ideas, to our movement, to our political revolution, and our willingness to take this campaign for the Democratic nomination all the way to the convention.

Will you contribute $50 to help us continue to speak to voters about the incredibly important issues facing our country? Your support right now before two big deadlines will send an unmistakable message that our voices will still be heard.

There is no doubt in my mind that what you and I have done together up to this point is nothing short of historic. And I know that if we are going to work together, we will continue making history.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders

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